How to go Back to Windows 10 after Upgrading to Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to revert back to Windows 10 after upgrading to Windows 11. When you perform an place upgrade to Windows 11, you can go back to Windows 10 within 10 days after the upgrade without losing your files.

Some reasons users might want to roll back Windows 11 upgrade are incompatible system drivers, performance issues and lack of user support. Whatever your reasons for rolling back Windows 11, this option is only available for 10 days after you upgrade your computer.

After that 10 days, Windows 11 will delete all the previous installation files to make room for Windows 11 updates and other upgrades. You’ll not not be able to restore Windows 10 after the 10 days have passed.

After the days have passed, you’ll get a message that “this option is no longer available on this PC” when you click the Go back button.

Although you may be able to restore Windows 10 after upgrading, you may have to reinstall some applications and settings because during the upgrade process, Windows may have change them a bit, which may require users to redo some of the changes.

How to revert back to Windows 10 after upgrading to Windows 11

As mentioned above, one has 10 days to go back to Windows 10 after upgrading to Windows 11. Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select the Recovery tile on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the System Recovery settings pane, Under the Recovery options, click the Go back button.

When you do that, Windows will initiate the restoration process and prompts you to choose the reasons you wish to go back. The most common reason will be that the Earlier builds seemed more reliable. Click Next after your selection.

On the next page, when prompted to check for Updates, choose No, thanks.

Then click Next after you’ve read some changes that you’ll have to perform after reverting back to Windows 10.

  • You will have to reinstall some apps and programs
  • You will lose any changes made to settings after installing the latest build

Finally, click the Go back to Windows 10 button to revert Windows 11 upgrade.

That should do it!

After that, Windows will revert back to Windows 10 without losing your files and many of your settings. You will still be able to upgrade at any time in the future when you decide to.


This post showed you how to revert back to Windows 10 after upgrading to Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.